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Twitter simplifies its rules with focus on safety and privacy

Twitter has simplified its rules.

The social media platform has revealed it is going to make its rules and regulations easier for users to understand, with an emphasis on safety, privacy and authenticity.

The Twitter Safety account tweeted: "Rules should be easy to understand. We heard you, ours weren't. We updated, reordered, and shortened them, so you can know what's not allowed on Twitter."

In a blog post expanding on the announcement, Twitter's vice president of trust and safety Del Harvey outlined the changes being made.

She wrote: "We've gone from about 2,500 words to under 600. In 280 characters or less, each rule clearly describes exactly what is not allowed on Twitter.

"New categories -- safety, privacy, and authenticity -- mean our rules are organised thematically, so you can find the information you're looking for more quickly.

"We're refreshing rule pages to have more information, including examples, step-by-step instructions about how to report, and details on what happens when we take action."

Harvey added that the company wants to ensure each rule also has its own page with more information and "relevant sources".

She continued: "As part of our continued push towards more transparency across every aspect of Twitter, we're working to make sure every rule has its own help page with more detailed information and relevant resources, with abuse and harassment, hateful conduct, suicide or self-harm, and copyright being next on our list to update.

"Our focus remains on keeping everyone safe and supporting a healthier public conversation on Twitter."

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